Craft, Painting, Photography
Welsh Lovespoons and daffodils. A father and daughter exhibition showcasing paintings, photographs and craftsmanship. Visual artist Samantha Tipler teams up with craftsman, William Tipler, for his first exhibition, with a collection that draws on family history and Welsh connection.
Lovespoons have been carved in Wales for over 400 years, when young men, often sailors on sea voyages would carve ornate wooden spoons as a token of love and affection for their romantic interest. Various symbols holding different meanings were carved into the spoons. The lovespoon was given to their object of affection by the carver and if accepted, would demonstrate their interest in commencing a relationship. The simplest of tools, such as small pocket knives, were commonly used to to create the spoons from a single piece of wood. Traditionally, lovespoons were given as romantic gifts, but today they are given on special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and christenings.
William has been carving lovespoons for many years, giving them to loved ones as gifts. This exhibition explores the techniques, history and symbolism and is augmented by vibrant paintings by Samantha.